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Do We Really Need To 'Rebuild The Military'

The Republican presidential debates have become so heated and filled with insults, it almost seems we are watching a pro wrestling match. There is no civility, and I wonder whether the candidates are about to come to blows. But despite what appears to be total disagreement among them, there is one area where they all agree. They all promise that if elected they will "rebuild the military."

March 10, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Why This Conservative Won't Back Trump

While pro-Trump pundits do their best to rationalize the sewer talk flowing from the stage after the most recent GOP debate, please understand that the problem is really not that complicated.

March 10, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


We’re Not Being Overrun by Illegal Immigrants

Okay, sit down. Take a deep breath.

March 09, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


GOP Won't Disavow Trump

The only accurate prediction in this bizarre presidential election is that most predictions are wrong. So here's a popular one about which to be wary: If Trump is the nominee he won't get the support of key GOP leadership.

March 09, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Charity Health Care & Continuing Education

Using creativity and problem-solving, the Kansas House recently approved a simple solution for increasing access to care for low-income Kansans and rural communities.

March 08, 2016 | Representative Dan Hawkins | Columnists


Quitting the GOP

John-William Schiffbauer is what Republicans, at least on paper, say they want their party to look more like. He's 31-years-old (a coveted millennial), socially liberal, fiscally conservative and not totally white. "My grandmother was from Japan," he says. He's a New York City playwright who's into cool whiskey bars and heated policy debates. He sees himself as what the future of the Republican Party ought to be. "Did you read the GOP post-2012 autopsy report? The 'Growth and Opportunity Project,' as it was dubbed?" He asks.

March 08, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


'Soul Murder' in Altoona

If you've seen the excellent movie "Spotlight," you know what it takes for a newspaper to expose the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church.

March 06, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tornado Research Isn't Just Whistling Dixie

You can double-check me on this - but when Phil Harris recorded "That's What I Like About The South," he never once made mention of tornadoes.

March 06, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Collapse of Recycling

A shabbily dressed man with three bulging garbage bags in his left hand and a crutch supporting his right side waits patiently as the line snakes around the parking lot. Behind him is a stooped older woman wearing an oversized hat to shield her from the sun as she pushes a beat up baby carriage containing her cargo.

March 04, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


First They Came For the iPhones...

The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the iPhone is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December.

March 04, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Mitt isn't Exactly Superman

The good news is that a prominent member of the cowed Republican establishment is finally speaking out against Donald Trump. The bad news is, it's Mitt Romney.

March 03, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Why We Want Our Politicians to Lie

Three studies provide insight into something we all know to be true: Politicians lie.

March 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Can Trust the FBI, Right?

This huge brouhaha between the FBI and Apple has escalated into a battle royale between the righteous and the wicked. And, as often happens, both sides are claiming to be on the side of the angels. With so many good guys in attendance, it's amazing that world-wide badness is still so pervasive. But you can't blame television for everything.

March 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Hillary Paradox

In 1992, Hillary Clinton was derided as an extreme feminazi vying for all the power the White House could offer her as First Lady. A reporter from Columbus, Ohio famously asked her, "You know, some people think of you as an inspiring female attorney mother, and other people think of you as the overbearing yuppie wife from hell. How would you describe yourself?"

March 02, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


How Joe Biden Saved the GOP's Supreme Court Fight

C-SPAN just ruined President Obama's great Supreme Court Justice nomination adventure.

March 01, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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Getting Assad’s attention, Reagan style

To strike Syria, or not to strike Syria.

April 18, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Crackdown on Facebook would be good...for Facebook

From the moment Mark Zuckerberg began to read his opening statement, you knew he wasn't going to change Facebook.

April 18, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Can your family handle a day without complaints?

Did you notice that Thomas Lickona recently adapted a portion of his book "How to Raise Kind Kids" into the online "Time Magazine" article "How ...

April 17, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Circus Trump

Like Cirque de Soleil, the Donald Trump Circus has many touring productions. The Oval Office. The White House. The Cabinet. Both Republican held Houses of ...

April 17, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Congress not up to the task of taking on Facebook

As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn't help but have the same reaction I have ...

April 16, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Time to reconsider regime change in Syria?

American response to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis Syria has been experiencing for the last seven years has been tepid at best. With Syrian President Bashar ...

April 16, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


New strategy offers Trump a much bigger NAFTA win

In politics and public policy, sometimes a modest victory is actually a massive missed opportunity. President Trump is at risk of suffering just that kind ...

April 14, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Spring break, or bust

As an educator, I feel blessed that I usually have the same spring break as my three daughters, which means we get to spend a ...

April 14, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Trump’s latest headache is in Wisconsin

Earlier this week in Wisconsin, a state governed by Koch Brothers subsidiary Scott Walker, one million voters cast ballots to fill a seat on the ...

April 12, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Cost is what ails health care

"I'm lucky to have health insurance, but I still can't afford to go to the doctor."

April 12, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


To opioid hell and back

I'm feeling human again, thanks.

April 10, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Democrat’s latest: Jim Crow meet Juan Canto

It's been a decade since I agreed with the Democrat platform, but I must give the party a great deal of credit for its ...

April 10, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Environmental protection in the age of Trump

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been called the Magna Carta of our nation's environmental laws. Passed in 1969, Congress designed NEPA to ...

April 09, 2018 | Kevin Lynn | Columnists


‘Roseanne’ is a liberal trojan horse

Hey, "Roseanne" fans in Tulsa, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City and Indianapolis: don't get too comfy with Roseanne-the-Trump-Voter... it looks like the writers ...

April 09, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Is President Trump anti-trustworthy?

It's fascinating to hear the president rail against those who don't pay their fair share of taxes or have grown too powerful. This ...

April 07, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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